Laurent Blanc's men were left frustrated after a home draw with title contenders Monaco at the weekend but Al Hain-Cole expects them to hit back against their usual whipping boys
With the current leaders not in action until later on in the evening, Laurent Blanc’s men will be looking to lay down a marker with a convincing performance and are clear 2/5 (1.40) favourites with Betway to secure a sixth consecutive win at this ground.
Les Atheniens go into this match on the back of a five-game losing streak and are up against it at 15/2 (8.50) to stop the rot with victory against the champions.
However, Daniel Sanchez’s side did earn a 1-1 draw in the last encounter between these sides in Paris, and you can get odds of 16/5 (4.20) on them cancelling their illustrious visitors out this evening.
If les Parisiens were left frustrated after being held to a draw at home to title rivals Monaco in Sunday’s high profile clash, they could not have picked a more appropriate opposition to face next had they written the fixture list themselves.
Their opponents have proved the most welcoming of hosts over the past few years, gifting the capital side five wins from their last five visits while conceding a generous 16 goals along the way, and current form suggests there should be more of the same tonight.
Despite firmly establishing themselves as a solid mid-table side over the past few seasons, Valenciennes have started this campaign in what looks worryingly like relegation form, and have conceded more goals than any other team in the division.
This defensive weakness is sure to be cruelly exposed when the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edinson Cavani come to town, making odds of 9/10 (1.90) seem decidedly generous on over 2.5 goals being scored.
This bet would have paid out in 10 of the previous 11 meetings between these opponents, including each of the last six at this ground, so must be backed at that price this evening.
|Over 2.5 goals for a 2pt stake at 9/10 (1.90) with Betway
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